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Comment traduire « … to social attacks they receive » : cohérence ?

Research points to users being significantly more susceptible to social attacks they receive on mobile devices. [...] (2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, Verizon Business, p. 14) À la lecture ...
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« Code golf », l'emprunt intégral : précisions sur l'emploi ?

Le « code golf » est une forme de compétition de « programmation récréative durant laquelle chaque participant s'efforce d'implémenter un algorithme donné en produisant un programme le plus court ...
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« Code golf » : le choix de l'analogie dans la traduction ?

Le « code golf » est une forme de compétition de « programmation récréative durant laquelle chaque participant s'efforce d'implémenter un algorithme donné en produisant un programme le plus court ...
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« Code golf » : de quoi aurait l'air l'emprunt hybride ?

Le « code golf » est une forme de compétition de « programmation récréative durant laquelle chaque participant s'efforce d'implémenter un algorithme donné en produisant un programme le plus court ...
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Comment traduire « full of beans » : adjectif simple, syntagme ou locution ?

En anglais on a l'« adjectif idiomatique » full of beans, signifiant entre autres « energetic and enthusiastic » (Wiktionnaire) ou « full of energy and life » (Merriam Learners) : Jem was among ...
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Parce qu'il y aura un air frais

Je voudrais savoir si la phrase suivante est correcte et se dirait couramment : Je vais emporter un pull parce qu'à la météo, on a dit que ce soir, il y aura un air frais. ( pour: cela va se ...
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Comment dire « I wish I knew (myself) » en français ?

Par exemple (en anglais), What should we do? I wish I knew. J'aimerais bien le savoir ? Si seulement je le savais ?
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What is the French phrase of “Do you expect me to believe that?!”

When I asked "You've heard of One Direction, right?", my pal answered "Nope.", so I wanted to react, surprised, "What? Haha, do you expect me to believe that?! Have you any idea how hard it was for ...
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Dit-on d'une personne qu'elle est « à risque élevée des effets dangereux » d'une chose ?

Dans une mise en garde apparaissant sur l'emballage d'un produit on trouve par exemple : MISE EN GARDE : Les adolescents sont à risque élevé des effets dangereux du cannabis. Consommer du ...
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Phrasing “I just came from the museum by foot”: “Je viens du musée à pied”?

I want to say "I just came from the museum by foot" is "Je viens du musée à pied" correct? I know that "je viens de" translates to "I just came from" but I am unsure if it changes when you have a ...
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“Handle/treat someone/something with kids gloves”: translation variants and phrasing?

I'm looking at the translations for the idiom handle/treat (someone) with kids gloves and I can see manipuler avec des gants de soie, prendre des gants (Wiktionary) and prendre des gants avec quelqu'...
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“Si on n'était que douceur avec elle”: meaning and construction?

The other day I was at the hospital and I witnessed a conversation between two doctors about some intern: Tu es sans pitié, dis-moi... En même temps, elle n’aurait pas autant envie de nous ...
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How do you say you know OF something?

Saying you know of something means that you only have heard a little about it. You’ll most commonly hear it like this: Do you know Terry? I know of him. This means you might have heard about ...
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How would you say “You forget wearing what you're wearing”?

It sometimes happens that something you're wearing on your body, such as a wrist watch, shoes, contact lenses, glasses and so on, feels so comfortable, due to their being lightweight or thin, that you ...
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Une « pédagogie » à faire auprès de quelqu'un ?

« Ce n'est pas un sujet qui est sexy à vendre au Québec », reconnaît M. Rayes, qui dit qu'il y aura de la « pédagogie » à faire à ce sujet auprès des Québécois. (Lapresse.ca) Pour comprendre le ...
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Natural French phrases for 'the self-destructive streak in me'?

How do French people usually describe the notion 'the self-destructive streak in me' as below? I just can't seem to get out of this vicious circle of constantly and consciously making bad decisions ...
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Natural French phrases for 'get out of a vicious circle'?

How do French people usually describe the notion 'get out of a vicious circle' as below? I just can't seem to get out of this vicious circle of constantly and consciously making bad decisions in ...
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Les formations « smart cities » ?

...s'accompagnent [...] de nouvelles formations « smart cities » dans les écoles d'ingénieurs de la ville. On fait référence à la ville intelligente. Comment formule-t-on clairement et ...
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Lequel de « mûr(e) » ou « mature » signifierait « qui est arrivé à une certaine maturité psychologique » ou autrement comment le dire/formuler ?

Parmi les sens que Larousse en ligne donne à l'adjectif mature on trouve « qui est arrivé à une certaine maturité psychologique » ; Wiktionnaire parle d'un anglicisme. On trouve rarement au lexique l'...
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« […] in the higher service of the national interest » / pour le « service supérieur de l'intérêt national » : analyse de la traduction ?

On a pu lire dans les médias des extraits de propos de la Première ministre du Royaume-Uni, Mme Theresa May, concernant les modalités du Brexit1 : Instead [NDLR of exiting the EU without a deal or ...
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L' «engagement vers la mise en œuvre » ?

Dans un article, je lis ce qui suit : Le gouvernement de Justin Trudeau ne cache pas d'ailleurs que le projet de loi s'inscrit dans le sillage des conclusions de la Commission de vérité et ...
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Le verbe « to bail (out) » : lequel de renflouer, aider, sauver, tirer/sortir d'affaire est-il le plus adéquat dans ce contexte ?

Dans un article il y a une image dans laquelle un employé de l'usine de General Motors à Oshawa (Ontario, Canada) porte un vêtement sur lequel est écrit : Canada didn't bail out GM to move our jobs ...
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Comment traduire « has not risen to the mantle of the office » : « n'a pas endossé le costume de sa fonction » ?

[...] But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office. [ « Mitt Romney: The ...
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Position du sujet avec le verbe « être »

Quelqu'un pourrait-il/elle affirmer ou infirmer que les constructions telles que les suivantes, avec le verbe « être », sont correctes ? Elles semblent très inhabituelles. En isolation, elles semblent ...
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Pommettes == Butt?

In MC Solaar's (really great) song, La Belle et le Bad Boy, he raps about the life of an outlaw. Risqué pour les pommettes, les mecs sortent des Baumettes In English, people will use the word "...
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“Show/prove otherwise” en français

J'essaie d'exprimer l'idée de « prove otherwise » dans la phrase suivante L'horreur de la situation mondiale 'proves otherwise' Je pense qu'il faut utiliser « prouve le contraire ». Cet usage est-...
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To have the shit beaten out of

How does one translate into French "I had the shit beaten out of me"? I am writing, in French, a short biography of the Australian painter Ben Quilty. He uses these words to describe his time at ...
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Natural French phrase for 'you got a strange idea for fun'?

The vocabulary needed seems simple enough but I'm struggling with composing a whole sentence. Is there a natural French phrase to say this kind of things half jestingly? (You wave at total strangers ...
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How should I present myself as a master graduate?

How should I present myself when I want to introduce myself as a master graduate. How should I say such a sentence in french language? Can I use the both verbs "être" and "avoir" in this case or not? ...
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What is a natural French phrase for 'As if I could find them in just about any shop!'

Having consulted the online dictionaries, I tried to come up with a French phrase for 'As if I could find them in just about any shop!', but I can't think of an appropriate phrase describing the ...
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What is a natural French phrase for 'You could do worse than'?

In order to recommend to someone something you think is a good idea, 'You could do worse than' is said like an understatement. It's like saying, 'Why don't you at least do something, there are a lot ...
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Is there a French phrase to say 'you're not green in this'?

I checked the online dictionary and 'un bleu' appears to signify 'a person who is green, inexperienced'. But what is a natural French phrase to say 'I guess you're not green in this' in negative? ...
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What is a natural French phrase for 'I've never seen you two apart'?

Having consulted the online dictionary, 'séparés' appears to be able to be used for 'apart'. But doesn't 'séparés' seem like the word for the romantic relationship going bad and the couple being ...
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Is there a French phrase to say 'I wouldn't put anything past her'?

I want to write a short message addressed to a friend of mine. Unfortunately my French is not good enough to come up with a French phrase to say the phrase put in italics. It was luck and luck ...
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“There's no harm in” — as a mild advice

In the French language, I'm searching for a natural way to say, There's no harm in applying a little coat of paint, though. My intention in saying or writing this is to express that someone has a ...
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catch the eco-friendly bug

In the French language, I'm searching for a natural way to say, Hah, you've caught the eco-friendly bug or what! My intention in saying this is to say that I was surprised to see someone who always ...
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Finding a good rendering of the phrase “graphic details”

What would be a rendering to match of “graphic details”, for instance in a sentence like the following? The brawl between the two clans had been set to print in graphic details by a young reporter....
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C'est ça de gagné

Regardant le film français (VOSTF) Les Lyonnais j'ai vu la phrase suivante C'est toujours ça de gagné. Est-ce une faute de sous-titrage ? Ça à gagner ne serait-elle pas la tournure correcte ?
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How do you expect to — ?

In the French language, I'm searching for a natural way to say, How do you expect to break a habit by willpower alone which you couldn't for the last thirty years? and I'm having difficulty in how ...
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In French, how do you say “brain-meltingly difficult”?

We were having a conversation in English, and someone passed some remark about the mind-numbingly steep learning curve involved in mastering the Arabic language: I constantly thought my brain was ...
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How to express “I’m looking forward to vacation”?

How to say “I'm looking forward to summer vacation” in French? I want to tell my French friend that I’ve learned so much for university and now I’m looking forward to vacation.
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Is it natural to say “mon Français”?

In English you might say “my Spanish is not very good,” in reference to your language skills, or “I’m trying to improve my Japanese.” Is the same true in French?
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Traductions des verbes “ enquire ”, “ enclose ” et “ keep ” pour une lettre de motivation [closed]

Je veux traduire la proposition ci-après. La phrase française fera partie d'une lettre de motivation pour une candidature spontanée. I am writing to enquire if you have any vacancies in your ...
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Some idiomatic explanations

Tout à fait directly translated would be 'all to do', how does this get inferred as 'absolutely'? je m’en fous directly translated would be 'I am in craziness', how does this get inferred as 'I don't ...
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Does “cracher” carry a negative connotation to express the idea of “force out the words”?

Mustering all her strength, she forced out the words. -- {Context: She is on her deathbed} In translating this sentence into French, I'm looking for the right word that captures the nuance of "...
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How long does it take

Google Translate gives me the following translation for How long does it take? translated from English: Combien de temps cela prend-il? However is it correct that I might also use the phrase: ...
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“On” vs “nous” in spoken French

Do people prefer to use on in everyday speaking, even in formal situations? Or will they use nous? For example, if you are at a gathering and you say "Nous sommes si chanceux d'être ici". Would that ...
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Does the inclusion of “bien” make a question a non-question?

Mais au fait, y en avait bien un autre avec vous ? {vs} Mais au fait, y en avait un autre avec vous ? I wonder if the use of "bien" makes it a statement, something along the lines of: Moi qui ...
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How do you ask someone how their day at work is going?

Would you say: Comment était votre journée au travail?
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How to answer “ça a été ?” ?

The waiters would often ask "ça a été ?" after taking a dish. I sometimes lose my concentration and can't come up with anything more than a "oui oui" or "oui c'etait bien" although I know these are ...